2024 Book Gifting Schools Announced

January 2024
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Students of Scoil Mhuire B&C, Donegal, launching their new library in 2023
Students of Scoil Mhuire B&C, Donegal, launching their new library in 2023

Children's Books Ireland is delighted to announce the schools that will be participating in our Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, Every Child A Reader (Primary Schools), and Everyone a Reader (Secondary Schools) programmes this year.

Inspired by our vision, ‘Every Child A Reader’, these projects have been designed to foster a genuine and lasting culture of reading in these selected schools. Through a wide range of book-gifting, creative and practical supports, alongside visits from a designated ‘Champion of Reading’, students will be empowered to read more, enjoy reading more and read more widely. 

Each school will be awarded the following prizes:

  • 250 books over the course of the next year (100 of which will be selected by the students).
  • Promotional materials (posters, bookmarks, and more).
  • A Champion of Reading to work with the school. This is an author or illustrator who will facilitate workshops to support and inspire a love of reading in students.
  • Teacher resources and training on how to best use the new books in their library.

Robert Dunbar Memorial Library Schools

St. Mary's National School, Croom, Limerick

Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, Co Tyrone

Carrigeen National School, Waterford, Co Kilkenny

Scoil Lassara, Ballinacarrow, Sligo


Every Child A Reader Schools

St. Clare's National School, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan

Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Kanturk, Cork

Rush & Lusk Educate Together, Lusk, Co. Dublin

Boys National School Athenry, Galway

Nicker National School, Old Pallas, Co. Limerick

Errew National School, Casltebar, Mayo

St. Kevin's National School, Thurles, Tipperary


Congratulations to all of our winning schools – we are so excited to work with you!

You can read more about both the Every Child A Reader, Everyone a Reader and Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries projects at the link below.